New Delhi: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Parliament Building here. Patnaik discussed the concerns regarding demonetisation, Mahanadi and Polavaram water disputes.
The CM raised the concerns regrading demonetisation in rural and tribal areas. “The Odisha government supports demonetisation move of the Centre but the transformation needs to be hassle free for people. I have requested the Centre to allow women SHGs to fully operate without any restrictions; to introduce mobile banking facilities in all rural areas of the state; to not make PAN card compulsory for deposits of tribal and rural people; for release of funds for construction of the upcoming medical colleges and to release Rs 250 crores for Rashtriya Ucchatar Sikshya Abhiyan,” said Patnaik.
He said that the state government filed a complaint petition to Union Government under Section 3 of inter state river dispute act to form a water tribunal and requested to act expeditiously to stop construction in the upper area of Mahandi by Chhattisgarh government and also to look into Polavaram project which will impact many villages in Odisha.
“The PM has said he will look into it,” said Patnaik.